This publication shows the number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2015. The statistics cover:
- cumulative number of households capped since the introduction of the benefit cap at GB, regional and local authority level
- point-in-time number of households capped at each month since the introduction of the benefit cap
- point-in-time number of households capped at August 2015 broken down by:
- weekly amounts
- benefits claimed
- numbers of children in household
- family type
- age of youngest child
- number of households that were previously capped but have moved off the cap broken down by reason
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The government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can get so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.
The benefit cap applied from 15 April 2013 in the 4 local authorities of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. Remaining local authorities applied the cap between 15 July 2013 and the end of September 2013.